How will your league handle Shohei Ohtani?

It looks pretty certain that Japanese star Shohei Ohtani will be making his way to the States in 2018. As a legitimate 2-way player – talented as a hitter or pitcher – fantasy leagues must decide how he is going to fit into their roster structure.

The upcoming Baseball Forecaster devotes an entire page to Ohtani, scouting him as both hitter and pitcher, and providing...

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is considered one of the pioneers in the baseball analysis and fantasy baseball industry.

Beginning in 1986, Ron was the first to develop sabermetric applications for fantasy play. His Baseball Forecaster annual celebrated its 30th anniversary edition in 2016 and the ground-breaking website he founded - BaseballHQ.com - celebrated 20 years online. Also:

Columnist, ESPN.com (2007, 2015- ), USA Today (2008-2014)

24 Top Three finishes in national experts leagues since 1994

Advisor, St. Louis Cardinals (2004)

FSTA Lifetime Achievement Award

FSWA Hall of Fame

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